This devotional is uniquely Catholic in that the meditation is based on the daily readings for the Mass, called the Lectionary. But you don't have to be Catholic to find a home here! Click on 'Today's reading' for the lectionary link to read the bible readings, then click the back button and spend a few minutes with the meditation. Relax! This is your time, well deserved, much needed, and holy. Let all the things you "should be doing" melt away and bask in the presence of your God who loves you!

Before we begin, let us pray,

Father, you created me and put me on earth for a purpose. Jesus, you died for me and called me to complete your work. Holy Spirit, you help me to carry out the work for which I was created and called. In your presence and name - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit - I begin my meditation.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

That's mine.

Lectionary: 268

Reading 1
Responsorial Psalm

St. Martin I

"The community of believers was of one heart and mind, and no one claimed that any of his possessions was his own." Wow! It's hard to imagine a family where no one fights over things. For our kids, there is a fine line between the need to assert their independence and individuality and becoming selfish. Hardly a day goes by that I don't hear, "Mom, he took my....; Mom she came in my.....; or Mom that's my..." How did the apostles make it work? They were all of one heart and mind!
One more thing: Promoting a sense of family oneness is hard to do if you aren't together. I just read a study on families which revealed that during time spent at home, the families were together in the same room only 14% of the time. A family identity comes from being of one heart and one mind and that comes from being together. With such busy schedules, how do you work in a little family time each day? Feel free to leave suggestions in comments below!
Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you for my family. Help me to set the tone of love and forgiveness so that we are of one heart and mind on our journey to see you in heaven. St. Martin, pray for me. Amen. 

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